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Chester County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Chester County, Pennsylvania. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Chester County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Chester County, Pennsylvania, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 59,130 total crimes reported in Chester County, Pennsylvania (6,046 of them violent). Of the 5,913 crimes that occur a year in Chester County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Chester County, Pennsylvania 17 times a day. This includes 42 murders, 512 rapes, and nearly forty-six thousand thefts (including 3,052 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Chester County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Chester County increased by 30 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 35 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Chester County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than seven thousand for Chester County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Chester County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Chester County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Chester County, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. RecordsPedia would like to note the following information related to Chester County:

  • In 2001-2008, chester county crime data include data from the Brandywine valley.
The data reported for Chester County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.